Definition of polyglot in English:

polyglot

Syllabification: pol·y·glot
Pronunciation: /ˈpäliˌglät
 
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adjective

  • 1Knowing or using several languages: a polyglot career woman
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    • Finally, regional media is thriving on TV, satellite language channels are catering to polyglot populations in various parts of the country.
    • The polyglot orchestra backing her up plays world music from everywhere and nowhere that incorporates Middle Eastern clarinet, European glockenspiel and other mellifluous sounds in addition to Mexican mariachi guitar.
    • Rebecca West filled Black Lamb and Grey Falcon with brilliant speeches and diatribes by a polyglot cast of characters, and Furst has a similar cacophony of speakers analyzing every detail of the political situation.
  • 1.1(Of a book) having the text translated into several languages: polyglot and bilingual technical dictionaries
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    • The advantages of printing in a university were exemplified in the polyglot Bible produced in 1502-22 at Alcalá de Henares.
    • The Polyglot Book of Mormon allows you see side-by-side passages for English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

noun

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  • A person who knows and is able to use several languages.
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    • This is not the first time that a representative of The Netherlands - that distinguished nation of cycling polyglots - has cast aspersions on our linguistic abilities.
    • Older Luritja speakers may still be polyglots, however they consistently live in the same region, usually the same residential community, where the same language is consistently spoken.
    • It's not that we polyglots and film buffs are not worried.

Derivatives

polyglotism

Pronunciation: /-ˌglätˌizəm/
noun
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  • The author states that polyglotism unavoidably impedes thinking.
  • A further important dimension related to bilingualism and polyglotism is the age of acquisition of a given language.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French polyglotte, from Greek poluglōttos, from polu- 'many' + glōtta 'tongue'.

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